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lexical

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adjective lex·i·cal \ˈlek-si-kəl\

Simple Definition of lexical

  • linguistics : relating to words or vocabulary

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lexical

  1. 1 :  of or relating to words or the vocabulary of a language as distinguished from its grammar and construction

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a lexicon or to lexicography

lexicality play \ˌlek-sə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun
lexically play \ˈlek-si-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of lexical in a sentence

  1. <a dictionary provides lexical information—it tells you what the word cat means, not all there is to know about cats>



Did You Know?

The word lexicon can be used as a synonym of dictionary, and the word lexicography refers to the practice of dictionary making. Both of these words, as well as lexical, derive from the Greek word lexis, meaning "word" or "speech." A fourth descendant of lexis is lexiphanic, an archaic adjective describing one who uses pretentious words for effect. Lexis should not be confused with the Latin lex, or "law," which is used in legal phrases such as lex non scripta, meaning "unwritten law."

1836

First Known Use of lexical

1836

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